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Two Faculty Members to Make Presentations at Jules Verne Conference at Library of Congress

May 6, 2004

May 6, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Arthur B. Evans, professor of modern languages (French), and Teresita J. Hernández, assistant professor of modern languages (French and Spanish; pictured above), have been invited to present papers at the North American conference of the Jules Verne Society. The event will be held at the Library of Congress May 13-15, and is free and open to the public. The conference is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and "What If...," the Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum of the Library of Congress' Professional Association.

On Friday, May 14 at 10:15 a.m., Dr. Evans (seen at right) will present "Vernian Frenglish." Dr. Hernández's presentation, "Jules Verne's Caribbean: A Voyage of (Re)discovery," will begin at 3:30 that afternoon. In total, the conference will feature more than a dozen talks about Jules Verne (1828-1905), the renowned 19th century French science fiction novelist. The Library of Congress holds the most comprehensive Verne collection of any institution outside of France.

For more information on the conference, click here.

Next year marks the centenary of Jules Verne's death, and Science Fiction Studies, which is published at DePauw and edited by Art Evans, is planning a special issue. Visit the journal's Web site by clicking here.